South Africa’s Katlego Mphela – I knew the goal against Egypt was coming

March 28, 2011 | In: Articles

Mphela scored in the last minute of the game against Egypt to hand South Africa a win, three points and their first victory over the Pharaohs in a competitive game.

‘Killer’ latched onto defender Anele Ngcongca’s defence-splitting pass and shot past goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, sending the whole country into a frenzy.

“This was the pass I was waiting for the whole 90 minutes. When got it I knew exactly where to place the ball. It was very emotional to see the ball going into the net,” he said, according to

“It was a tough day for me up-front; the Egyptian defence was very smart and did not give anything away.

“I tried my best, making runs up-front, but I didn’t get any supply from Schillo (Steven Pienaar) or Shabba (Siphiwe Tshabalala) as the Egyptians closed down the spaces. But still I had a feeling that a goal was going to come as they looked very tired towards the end of game.

“It was so exciting to score a goal against such a big team and this goal will go down as one of my best for Bafana Bafana.”

Mphela’s goal on Saturday against Egypt was his 19th in Bafana Bafana colours, but he is still 10 behind all-time record goalscorer Benni McCarthy, who netted 31 times for Bafana.

The Mamelodi Sundowns player concedes that it will be a big mountain to climb to catch up to McCarthy.

“It’s going to be really tough, but records are there to be broken and there are still more games to play for Bafana.”

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